Deaths in History on January 29

  • 969 Peter, tsar of Bulgaria (927-69), dies
  • 1240 Pelagio Galvani, Cardinal-Bishop of Albano (b. va. 1165)
  • 1342 Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (b. 1279)
  • 1559 Thomas Pope, English politician, benefactor, dies at about 52
  • 1608 Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1557)
  • 1647 Francis Meres, English writer (b. 1565)
  • 1663 Robert Sanderson, Bishop of Lincoln (1660-63), dies
  • 1676 Tsar Alexis I of Russia (b. 1629)
  • 1678 Jeronimo Lobo, Portuguese Jesuit missionary (b. 1593)
  • 1696 Ivan V, co-tsar of Russia (1682-89), dies
  • 1706 Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet and courtier (b. 1638)
  • 1737 George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (b. 1666)
  • 1743 Andre Hercule Fleury, French cardinal (1726-43), dies
  • 1763 Louis Racine, French poet (b. 1692)
  • 1814 Johann G Fichte, German philosopher (Wissenschaftslehre), dies at 51
  • 1820 King George III of the United Kingdom (b. 1738). Reigned 1760-1820.
  • 1824 Louise MC countess of Albany, Henegouws salon owner, dies at 71
  • 1829 Paul François Jean Nicolas Barras, French politician (b. 1755)
  • 1859 Seth Thomas, American Manufacturer and pioneer in the mass production of clocks, dies at 73
  • 1870 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1797)
  • 1871 Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, French Canadian writer and Seigneur (b. 1786)
  • 1879 Antonia MB Antonucci, Italian cardinal/diplomat, dies at 80
  • 1888 Edward Lear, poet/author, dies at 75
  • 1899 Alfred Sisley, painter, dies
  • 1899 Robert J Fruin, Dutch historian (80-year war), dies at 75
  • 1906 Christaan IX, King of Denmark (1893-1906), dies
  • 1910 Edouard Rod, French/Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e), dies at 52
  • 1912 Hermann Bang, Danish writer, dies at 54
  • 1917 Evelyn Baring earl Cromer, English consul-general in Egypt, dies at 75
  • 1928 Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig/field marshal (WWI), dies at 66
  • 1933 Sara Teasdale, American poet (b. 1884)
  • 1934 Fritz Haber, German chemist (Nobel 1918), dies at 65
  • 1941 Ioannis Metaxas, Greek gen/dictator (1936-41), commits suicide at 69
  • 1944 William Allen White, US journalist (Emporia Gazette), dies at 75
  • 1946 Harry L Hopkins, US min of Business (Loan & Lease law), dies at 55
  • 1948 Tomislav II of Croatia, 4th Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat (b. 1900)
  • 1950 Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1885)
  • 1951 James Bridie, [Osborne Henry Mavor], dramatist, dies
  • 1955 Hans Hedtoft, premier of Denmark (1947.. 55), dies at 51

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1956 H[enry] L[ouis] Mencken, US essayist/critic (Smart Set), dies at 75

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
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1963 Robert Frost, American poet (New Hampshire, 4 Pulitzers), dies at 88

  • 1966 Josef Winckler, German dentist/writer (Tolle Bomberg), dies at 84
  • 1970 Basil H Liddell Hart, English military historian, dies at 74
  • 1984 Frances Goodrich, (Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 93 of lung cancer
  • 1988 James R Killian Jr, MIT pres (1948-59), dies at 83
  • 1991 Yasushi Inoue, Japanese historian, dies
  • 1993 Hank Werba, [Herman Werblowski], US journalist (Variety), dies at 79
  • 1995 Arthur Guy Clutton-Brock, English agronomist (Rhodesia), dies at 88
  • 1995 Chris de Marigny, painter/designer, dies at 52
  • 1995 Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect, dies at 69
  • 1995 Richard Desborough Burnell, oarsman, dies at 77
  • 1996 Jack Sutherland, journalist, dies at 79
  • 1996 John Terence Reese, British bridge master, dies at 82
  • 1997 Eric Schneider, murderer of 2 teachers, executed in MO at 35
  • 1997 Louis Pauwels, writer/editor, dies at 76
  • 1997 Osvaldo Soriano, writer, dies at 54
  • 1998 Joseph Alioto, mayor of San Francisco (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Frank Moss, American politician (b. 1911)
  • 2004 M. M. Kaye, British writer (The Far Pavilions), dies at 95
  • 2004 Janet Frame, New Zealand writer (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli satirst (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Dia Abdul Zahra Kadim, Iraqi extremist leader (b. 1970)
  • 2008 Raymond Jacobs, American soldier (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Hélio Gracie, Brazilian martial artist (b. 1913)
  • 2009 Alfred Mabbs, British Archivist (Public Records Office), dies at 87
  • 2012 Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian President (1992-99), dies at 93
  • 2013 Frank Hahn, British economist, dies at 87
  • 2014 Ashutosh Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Divine Light Awakening Mission, claims 30 million followers, dies at 68
  • 2015 Colleen McCullough, New Zealand-born Australian author (The Thorn Birds), dies at 77